"Home of Old Romanesque Structures" Charlieu by hquittner

Charlieu Travel Guide: 7 reviews and 35 photos

The South Tip of the Brionnais District

In 1000AD Charlieu (present pop. 3.7K) was a Burgundian border town. It is now located just inside the north border of the Rhone-Alpe Region (Loire department). In ancient times it received considerable attention from the Cluniacs who located a monastery with its church there (St.-Fortunat). Later during various church infightings a nunnery was also established ( Les Cordeliers).


We stopped here to look and eat lunch as part of a visit to the Brionnais Romanesque churches. This is a quiet town with much local interest in protecting and restoring its ancient heritage.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lots of ancient sculptural stonework.
  • Cons:Need a car to see the area.
  • In a nutshell:Ideal for Romanesque enthusiasts.
  • Last visit to Charlieu: Jun 1992
  • Intro Updated Nov 22, 2008
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